As I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on portable lighting such as the Elinchrom Ranger quadra lighting system which would cost around £1500 I settled simply on standard speedlite systems. I already own a Canon 580EX mk2 and a portable 24 inch softbox so I simply needed the triggers and a second speedlite to make a versatile kit but which brands do you go for, Pocket Wizards, radio poppers are good but expensive...well looking around I came across the Yongnou brand, a Chinese company which produces some pretty decent kit for the money you pay and with pretty good reviews I decided on their YN622 wireless ETTL radio triggers and at about £54 for a set of two is fantastic value for money. Also as I needed a second speedlite, I settled on the Yongnou YN560-III manual speedlite at £44.
When both items arrived I was very pleased at the quality, they didn't look or feel cheap, they felt quite substantial with a bit of weight and worked flawlessly out of the box. The only thing I was disappointed about and it was entirely my fault was the 560-III speedlite has a radio trigger built in so I assumed that the YN622 triggers would communicate with it but alas no, the flash is only compatible with some older manual triggers so I have to use it as an optical slave which is no big deal but radio would have been much better.
With two light stands which when fully compacted are only 20 inches in length I am thinking about getting a normal pull along luggage trolley and converting it into a camera case as the light stands will fit in perfectly as will all the other equipment...the perfect portable solution.